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Depending on where you live, BJ’s might also be called BJ’s Pizza & Grill or BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery. Locations of BJ’s Pizza & Grill have a smaller format and more limited menu.
The company takes its beer very seriously, and it’s regularly entered into national competitions. It’s won several gold medals from the Great American Beer Festival, and just this year its PM Porter won the World Beer Cup gold medal in the robust porter category, and the Oasis Amber took gold at the North American Brewers Association Beer Awards.
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Some locations are able to sell six-packs for you to take home, if you’ll lucky.
Contact your local BJ’s to learn when it’ll be hosting its next beer dinner; they’re held once per season to pair seasonal brews with menu items, and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the chain’s beer offerings.
Alex Puchner, the chain’s senior vice president of brewing operations, launched the beer program in 1996 and is still on board today. Josh Fulk, the director of brewing operations, formerly headed brewing and packaging for MillerCoors, and Tobey Oliver, the director of brewery production and logistics, has been with the company since 1997.
If you sign up for its rewards program, you’ll earn one point for every dollar you spend at BJ’s (exclusive of alcohol, gift cards, beer dinners, tax, and tip). Seventy-five points earns you $5 off, 100 points earns you a free Pizookie, 150 points earns you $10 off, and 350 points earns you $25 off.
The pizza cookie is a fairly common dessert now (even Pizza Hut offers one), but BJ’s is widely acknowledged as the dish’s inventor. Called the Pizookie, it’s now available in nearly a dozen flavors, including chocolate chunk, white chocolate macadamia nut, peanut butter, salted caramel, and even monkey bread.